17 Hear a just cause, O Lord, give heed to my cry; Give ear to my prayer, which is not from deceitful lips. 2 Let my [a]judgment come forth from Your presence; Let Your eyes look with equity. 3 You have tried my heart; You have visited me by night; You have tested me and You find [b]nothing; I have purposed that my mouth will not transgress. 4 As for the deeds of men, by the word of Your lips I have kept from the paths of the violent. 5 My steps have held fast to Your [c]paths. My feet have not slipped.
6 I have called upon You, for You will answer me, O God; Incline Your ear to me, hear my speech. 7 Wondrously show Your lovingkindness, O Savior of those who take refuge [d]at Your right hand From those who rise up against them. 8 Keep me as [e]the apple of the eye; Hide me in the shadow of Your wings 9 From the wicked who despoil me, My deadly enemies who surround me. 10 They have closed their [f]unfeeling heart, With their mouth they speak proudly. 11 They have now surrounded us in our steps; They set their eyes to cast us down to the ground. 12 He is like a lion that is eager to tear, And as a young lion lurking in hiding places.
13 Arise, O Lord, confront him, bring him low; Deliver my soul from the wicked with Your sword, 14 From men with Your hand, O Lord, From men [g]of the world, whose portion is in this life, And whose belly You fill with Your treasure; They are satisfied with children, And leave their abundance to their babes. 15 As for me, I shall behold Your face in righteousness; I will be satisfied [h]with Your likeness when I awake.
For the choir director. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.
47 O clap your hands, all peoples; Shout to God with the voice of [a]joy. 2 For the Lord Most High is to be feared, A great King over all the earth. 3 He subdues peoples under us And nations under our feet. 4 He chooses our inheritance for us, The glory of Jacob whom He loves. [b]Selah.
5 God has ascended [c]with a shout, The Lord, [d]with the sound of a trumpet. 6 Sing praises to God, sing praises; Sing praises to our King, sing praises. 7 For God is the King of all the earth; Sing praises with a [e]skillful psalm. 8 God reigns over the nations, God [f]sits on His holy throne. 9 The [g]princes of the people have assembled themselves as the people of the God of Abraham, For the shields of the earth belong to God; He [h]is highly exalted.
Comfort in Trouble from Recalling God’s Mighty Deeds.
For the choir director; [a]according to Jeduthun. A Psalm of Asaph.
77 My voice rises to God, and I will cry aloud; My voice rises to God, and He will hear me. 2 In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord; In the night my hand was stretched out [b]without weariness; My soul refused to be comforted. 3 When I remember God, then I am disturbed; When I sigh, then my spirit grows faint. [c]Selah. 4 You have held my eyelids open; I am so troubled that I cannot speak. 5 I have considered the days of old, The years of long ago. 6 I will remember my song in the night; I will meditate with my heart, And my spirit [d]ponders:
7 Will the Lord reject forever? And will He never be favorable again? 8 Has His lovingkindness ceased forever? Has His[e]promise come to an end [f]forever? 9 Has God forgotten to be gracious, Or has He in anger [g]withdrawn His compassion? Selah. 10 Then I said, “It is my [h]grief, That the right hand of the Most High has changed.”
11 I shall remember the deeds of [i]the Lord; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old. 12 I will meditate on all Your work And muse on Your deeds. 13 Your way, O God, is holy; What god is great like our God? 14 You are the God who works wonders; You have made known Your strength among the peoples. 15 You have by Your [j]power redeemed Your people, The sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah.
16 The waters saw You, O God; The waters saw You, they were in anguish; The deeps also trembled. 17 The clouds poured out water; The skies gave forth a sound; Your arrows [k]flashed here and there. 18 The sound of Your thunder was in the whirlwind; The lightnings lit up the world; The earth trembled and shook. 19 Your way was in the sea And Your paths in the mighty waters, And Your footprints may not be known. 20 You led Your people like a flock By the hand of Moses and Aaron.
107 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. 2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the adversary 3 And gathered from the lands, From the east and from the west, From the north and from the [a]south.
4 They wandered in the wilderness in a [b]desert region; They did not find a way to [c]an inhabited city. 5 They were hungry [d]and thirsty; Their soul fainted within them. 6 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble; He delivered them out of their distresses. 7 He led them also by a [e]straight way, To go to [f]an inhabited city. 8 Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness, And for His [g]wonders to the sons of men! 9 For He has satisfied the [h]thirsty soul, And the hungry soul He has filled with what is good.
10 There were those who dwelt in darkness and in the shadow of death, Prisoners in [i]misery and [j]chains, 11 Because they had rebelled against the words of God And spurned the counsel of the Most High. 12 Therefore He humbled their heart with labor; They stumbled and there was none to help. 13 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble; He saved them out of their distresses. 14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death And broke their bands apart. 15 Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness, And for His [k]wonders to the sons of men! 16 For He has shattered gates of bronze And cut bars of iron asunder.
17 Fools, because of [l]their rebellious way, And because of their iniquities, were afflicted. 18 Their soul abhorred all kinds of food, And they drew near to the gates of death. 19 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble; He saved them out of their distresses. 20 He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their [m]destructions. 21 Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness, And for His [n]wonders to the sons of men! 22 Let them also offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, And tell of His works with joyful singing.
23 Those who go down to the sea in ships, Who do business on great waters; 24 They have seen the works of the Lord, And His [o]wonders in the deep. 25 For He spoke and raised up a stormy wind, Which lifted up the waves [p]of the sea. 26 They rose up to the heavens, they went down to the depths; Their soul melted away in their misery. 27 They reeled and staggered like a drunken man, And [q]were at their wits’ end. 28 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, And He brought them out of their distresses. 29 He caused the storm to be still, So that the waves [r]of the sea were hushed. 30 Then they were glad because they were quiet, So He guided them to their desired haven. 31 Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness, And for His [s]wonders to the sons of men! 32 Let them extol Him also in the congregation of the people, And praise Him at the seat of the elders.
33 He [t]changes rivers into a [u]wilderness And springs of water into a thirsty ground; 34 A fruitful land into a salt waste, Because of the wickedness of those who dwell in it. 35 He [v]changes a [w]wilderness into a pool of water And a dry land into springs of water; 36 And there He makes the hungry to dwell, So that they may establish [x]an inhabited city, 37 And sow fields and plant vineyards, And [y]gather a fruitful harvest. 38 Also He blesses them and they multiply greatly, And He does not let their cattle decrease.
39 When they are diminished and bowed down Through oppression, misery and sorrow, 40 He pours contempt upon [z]princes And makes them wander in a pathless waste. 41 But He sets the needy [aa]securely on high away from affliction, And makes his families like a flock. 42 The upright see it and are glad; But all unrighteousness shuts its mouth. 43 Who is wise? Let him give heed to these things, And consider the lovingkindnesses of the Lord.
137 By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat down and wept, When we remembered Zion. 2 Upon the [a]willows in the midst of it We hung our [b]harps. 3 For there our captors [c]demanded of us [d]songs, And our tormentors mirth, saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion.”
4 How can we sing the Lord’s song In a foreign land? 5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem, May my right hand [e]forget her skill. 6 May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth If I do not remember you, If I do not [f]exalt Jerusalem Above my chief joy.
7 Remember, O Lord, against the sons of Edom The day of Jerusalem, Who said, “Raze it, raze it To its very foundation.” 8 O daughter of Babylon, you [g]devastated one, How blessed will be the one who repays you With [h]the recompense with which you have repaid us. 9 How blessed will be the one who seizes and dashes your little ones Against the rock.
17 Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it Than a house full of [a]feasting with strife. 2 A servant who acts wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully, And will share in the inheritance among brothers. 3 The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, But the Lord tests hearts. 4 An evildoer listens to wicked lips; A [b]liar pays attention to a destructive tongue. 5 He who mocks the poor taunts his Maker; He who rejoices at calamity will not go unpunished. 6 Grandchildren are the crown of old men, And the glory of sons is their fathers. 7 [c]Excellent speech is not fitting for a fool, Much less are lying lips to a prince. 8 A bribe is a [d]charm in the sight of its owner; Wherever he turns, he prospers. 9 He who conceals a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates intimate friends. 10 A rebuke goes deeper into one who has understanding Than a hundred blows into a fool. 11 A rebellious man seeks only evil, So a cruel messenger will be sent against him. 12 Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs, Rather than a fool in his folly. 13 He who returns evil for good, Evil will not depart from his house. 14 The beginning of strife is like letting out water, So abandon the quarrel before it breaks out. 15 He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, Both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord. 16 Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, When [e]he has no sense? 17 A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity. 18 A man lacking in [f]sense [g]pledges And becomes guarantor in the presence of his neighbor. 19 He who loves transgression loves strife; He who raises his door seeks destruction. 20 He who has a crooked [h]mind finds no good, And he who is perverted in his language falls into evil. 21 He who sires a fool does so to his sorrow, And the father of a fool has no joy. 22 A joyful heart [i]is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones. 23 A wicked man receives a bribe from the bosom To pervert the ways of justice. 24 Wisdom is in the presence of the one who has understanding, But the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth. 25 A foolish son is a grief to his father And bitterness to her who bore him. 26 It is also not good to fine the righteous, Nor to strike the noble for their uprightness. 27 He who restrains his words [j]has knowledge, And he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. 28 Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent.
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